University of North Alabama

Office of University Relations

William M. Jarnigan, Director

Tel. 205 765-4225

Fax. 205 765-4812


December 17, 1997


For release: Immediately

FLORENCE, Ala. - Entertainer George Lindsey, University Of 

North Alabama President Robert L. Potts and UNA assistant professor of 

journalism Bobbie Hurt announced today the George Lindsey Television 

and Film Festival, which will feature Tuscaloosa native Tom Cherones, the 

director of the NBC show News Radio, as the keynote speaker during the 

April 10-11, 1998 event.

The festival, supported with a grant from Huntsville, Alabama, 

businessman Woody Anderson and sponsored by UNA and the UNA 

Department of Communications and Theater, will also feature professional 

and student competitions nationally in various forms of film and video 


Lindsey, a UNA graduate who also holds a honorary doctor's 

degree from the institution, said he wants the festival to be a tool for 

education, particularly for Alabama high school and collage students. 

Besides highlighting Lindsey's work in such films as Ensign Pulver, Robin 

Hood, The Aristocats, Take This Job And Shove It, Snowball Express, 

Cannonball Run II, and television shows 1ike a Danny Thomas special,  

Alfred Hitchcock Present, The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw,  The 

festival will have workshops, an awards gala and screenings of the winning 


"I hope we find a lot of new Billy Bob Thorntons with this 

festival. There is a lot of undiscovered talent out there and I hope this will 

be a platform for them to show what they can do and then go on to 

Hollywood. I am proud to be a part Of it," Dr. Lindsey said.

Cherones, who has won numerous industry awards including an 

Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, has directed News Radio since 

1996. He has previously directed and/or produced Caroline in the City, 

Boston Commons, Ellen, Seinfeld, Growing Pains, Two of Hearts, Portrait 

of the Hero as a Young Man, American Odyssey and numerous other 

shows. He was production manager of Welcome Back Kotter

Cherones, a University of Alabama masters alumnus, said, "I look 

forward to attending the film festival and speaking at the luncheon. I 

recently worked with George Lindsey in Los Angeles and, of course, he is 

a lot of fun and a real professional."

Pres. Potts said, "We are delighted this film festival will highlight 

George Lindsey's creative endeavors, and those other creative individuals 

who submit entries in the competition. Our people are working hard to 

make this event a real success.

Hurt said, "The film and video Competition is a vital aspect of the 

George Lindsey Television and Film Festival. A judging committee will 

select the best works submitted for screening  during the festival. The final 

winners will be chosen from separate professional and student categories 

for full length narrative, short narrative, short documentary and music 

video completed during 1996 and 1997."

The Golden Lion Award will be presented to the first place entries 

in each category at a Friday night gala on April 10, 1998. Professional 

entries must be postmarked by February 1, 1998, while student submissions 

must be postmarked by February 28, 1998. The entry fees will be $25 for 

professional entrants and $15 for students.


Submission deadline has been EXTENDED due to the short announcment time. If 

you have an entry, mail it (them) to:

UNA George Lindsey Television & Film Festival

UNA Box 5151

Florence, AL 35632-0001

Phone the number given at the top of this announcement for more information.